Name of varietal: Dolcetto
Common synonyms: Beaina, Bignola, Bignonina, Cassolo, Dolcetta, Dolsin, Douce Noir, Nibio, Orneasco, Uva d’Acqui, Uva del Monferrato, Uva di Ovada, Uva di Roccagrimalda
Parentage of the grape: Indigenous to Piedmont, Italy
History of the grape: The name means “little sweet one” in Italian. Dolcetto, along with Barbera and Nebbiolo is one of the prized grapes of the Piedmont region in Italy, with evidence that it has been growing there for many centuries. It had been traditionally produced as a light (both in color and weight) table wine. More recently the trend is for bolder versions made from grapes that have been given a longer hang time to amplify their power and ageworthiness, but this also results in raising its alcohol levels. For this reason, Dolcetto can now be found in the traditional light style as well as big concentrated styles. Wines labeled “Superiore” are often a good tip that these are older Read more »

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  • Another Dolcetto I'd like to experiment with is Elio Grasso's, and really any good Piedmont producer who makes one.I'm doing the same with Barbera. So far Marcarini is the QPR super star, but Giacomo Conterno makes big and structured Barbera worthy of aging, but also at a much higher price. Bartolo Mascarello's was a hedonistic delight, but also... Read More

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  • JD, I'm going to keep my eye out for AMA's Maioli bottling from 2011, ... what I now think is the best dolcetto (better than Chionetti, where the older generation is no longer pushing the quality forward, although that's still terrific wine) and getting well known outside Piedmont.  I'm grateful to la donna at Cambusa wine shop in Stresa for i... Read More

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  • I definitely meant to include Nebbiolo Fox...the only thing I had lying around ... snuck in an Anna Maria 2012 Dolcetto a couple weeks ago that I liked, but that '11 must have been the best of the last few vintages even though I skipped it (have had the '10 and '12).2011 is looking to be something special in Piedmont and Tuscany for that matte... Read More

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  • If you want to learn all there is to know about wine, you will have to live a ... a ... and producers.  Dolcetto, lagrein, aglianico from Italy can all be had in very good forms for less than $25, often a lot less.  (The world's best dolcetti (the plural) are Chionetti and the Abbonas, Anna Maria being my favorite, and they are right around $... Read More

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  • I'm a fan of the Monsanto CCR as well--been drinking the '08 and ... ... and ... What about Lagrein? Dolcetto? Nebbiolo? Even little Schiava?  That's the thing about Italy:  We know Chianti and other sangio wines, barbera and some others, but there's so many amazing varieties.  As the winemaking and viticulture improve, some of the less heral... Read More

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  • Hello,My name is Kim and I just happened across this site tonight and was quite impressed with it.  To be as brief as possible, I love wine and would love to learn as much as possible about it, particularly so that I can better contribute to my Facebook page I just started called "For The Love Of Wine."  I impulsively decided to start it last ni... Read More

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  • Had some neighbors over Friday for an Italian themed potluck. Good thing I have neighbors who can cook and who appreciate my wine...makes for a nice group effort.Not much time to go over everything in detail, but I continue to enjoy 2011 Barbera d'Alba, and also the 2011 Tommasi Soave that I picked up last minute was a real surprise. I'll be buy... Read More

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  • Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon les Granges 2010


    Lots of fresh herbaceous blackberry on the nose here, coupled with refreshing ... the nose was a bit like a dolcetto. On the palate it was slightly less complex. Lots of plush, soft tannin and a delicate balance of flavors. The body was a defining characteristic of this wine - very mouth filling and was kind of mouth coating (like glycerin/vio... Read More

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  • Agree, not sure about Bruce Sanderson's (I think that's who wrote the ... wrote the review) palate re: dolcetto d'alba also the 2011 vintage of the L'Autre scored 88 which is even crazie Read More

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  • BB, I know I speak for the group when I say we all had a great time the other ... provided a 2012 Pio Cesare Dolcetto d'Alba - young and bright with nice red cherry and sleek tannin.  Sorry for the poor quality of some of the pictures, it was a bit dark in our corner of the restaraunt. B and D brought along one of my newer fav's, a 2009 Ulises... Read More

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  • the name Dolcetto wants to indicate that it is a grape and a wine without acidity. Dolcetto wine is not sweet, if you do drink a Dolcetto wine sweet or little sweet, is not it Dolcetto

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  • Hi, My name is Antoinette Celle. I am one of the California growers of Dolcetto. My father, Anthony, brought some Dolcetto vines from the Dogliani region of Piemonte, where my mother, Agnese, was born. In 1997, with the help of a friend, I had the cuttings bench-grafted onto American rootstock, and planted onto three acres. Award-winning win...

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